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# paul-allen - Monday 15 October, 2018

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer aged 65 RIP

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer aged 65

The billionaire founded the software giant with Bill Gates in the 1970s.

# paul-allen - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

World War II aircraft carrier found after 76 years USS Lexington This post contains videos

World War II aircraft carrier found after 76 years

The wreckage was found over 800km off the eastern coast of Australia.

# paul-allen - Sunday 20 August, 2017

Lost US Navy warship found seven decades after it was sunk in the final days of World War II

The location of the ship was unknown as no distress signal was sent.

# paul-allen - Saturday 8 August, 2015

The most expensive homes for sale in Silicon Valley right now

Tech millionaires do alright for themselves.

# paul-allen - Thursday 16 April, 2015

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages

While politics in Ireland are still centred around the parish pump, in the US and UK social media has transformed how politicos engage with the public, writes Paul Allen.

# paul-allen - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Meet the tech giants hoping to launch you into space...

Richard Branson has said he will not “push on blindly” in the wake of Friday’s fatal crash. The Virgin founder isn’t the only businessman in the commercial space flight race…

# paul-allen - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism

With employment figures finally on the up and job announcements by the likes of Microsoft making the headlines, it is time to start cheerleading our thriving start-up sector, writes Paul Allen.

# paul-allen - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

FBI: US man stole Microsoft co-founder's identity

The soldier, who had been absent without leave from the army, managed to change the address on an account held by billionaire Paul Allen.

# paul-allen - Monday 26 March, 2012

James Cameron dives to Earth's deepest point Exploration This post contains videos

James Cameron dives to Earth's deepest point

National Geographic says that Cameron’s expedition is the deepest ever solo sub dive.

# paul-allen - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Microsoft co-founder announces plans for commercial space travel Space Wars This post contains videos

Microsoft co-founder announces plans for commercial space travel

Forget Browser Wars: now Paul Allen wants to go head-to-head with Richard Branson in offering commercial space flight.

# paul-allen - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Microsoft co-founder lifts the lid on troubled relationship with Bill Gates

Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded one of the most recognisable names in the computer industry but their relationship was not a perfect one.

# paul-allen - Monday 30 August, 2010

Microsoft co-founder suing Google, Facebook, eBay, Apple and Yahoo!

…among others. Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing accuses 11 companies of patent infringement.

# paul-allen - Thursday 5 August, 2010

ALMOST FORTY of America’s richest people have agreed to give over half of their fortunes to charitable causes, in a campaign launched by Warren Buffet with Bill and Melinda Gates.

The Giving Pledge has been signed by many well-known personalities.

The campaign invites the billionaires to publicly pledge the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations, either during the person’s lifetime or after their death.

Buffett and the Gates’ are also pledging. Buffet has pledged the majority of his $47bn fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which  mainly focuses on fighting disease in developing countries.

So who has signed the Giving Pledge? See our top ten below:

Michael Bloomberg

The current mayor of New York City, he was elected for a record third term last year. He is also the founder of news company Bloomberg, and Forbes rates hims as the eighth richest person in the United States, with a personal wealth of $18bn.

He is a long-time philanthropist, having donated millions to the likes of John Hopkins University and to disease research.

William Barron Hilton

Hilton is a hotel heir, former co-chairman of the Hilton Hotels chain, and the original owner of the San Diego Chargers.

On Christmas Day 2007, Hilton announced that he planned to give away 97% of his fortune to a charitable trust that is due to eventually be merged with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

He is one of the sons of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels, and is grandfather to American socialite Paris Hilton.

Ted Tuner

Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III is an American media mogul and founder the first 24-hour news channel, CNN. Forbes put his wealth at $1.8bn.

He is also the largest landowner in America – with over two million hectares to call his own.

Turner is a well known philanthropist; he has given generously to United Nations causes, depositing a hefty $1bn to the UN in 1998.

George Lucas

Hollywood director George Lucas is most famous for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. Forbes put his personal wealth at $3bn.

Lucas is also founder of special effects studio Industrial Light & Magic, which is now the most successful special effects studio in Hollywood.

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenburg

Fashion designer Diane von Furtsenburg and her media entrepreneur husband Barry Diller have both signed the pledge.

Von Furstenburg is a top designer and Diller is responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting Company and USA Broadcasting.

Larry Ellison

Chairman and co-founder of database giant Oracle Corp, Ellsion is the sixth richest person on the planet and the third richest in the United States, according to Forbes. His fortune is an estimated $28bn.

Oracle has recently enlarged after engaging in a large series of acquisitions, buying 57 companies in the last five years alone.

Paul Allen

A university drop out made (very, very) good, Paul Allen co-founded software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates.

The pair founded Microsoft in in 1975 but Allen left in 1983 due to illness. Forbes estimates that he is currently worth $13.5bn.

Bill Gates

The Microsoft mogul is currently worth $53bn according to Forbes, putting him second place in the rich-list rankings.

Although Gates has left Microsoft, he remains the company’s largest single stockholder. In 2000, he established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife, and is known for donating large amounts of money to various causes.

Warren Buffet

Buffet was listed as the richest person in the world in 2009.

One of the most successful investors in the world, he is also widely known for his philanthropic work. Buffet has already promised to give away 99% of his fortune to charitable causes, primarily through the Gates Foundation.